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World Bank’s Move To Focus On Women, Girls Vital To Economic Development

Huffington Post: As the World Bank Turns Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute “The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress…

New Hookworm Vaccine Could Have ‘Tremendous Impact’ On World’s Poorest

Huffington Post: A New Malnutrition Vaccine for the World’s Poor Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, and Remko van Leeuwen, director of acquisitions at the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development (AIGHD) Foundation and coordinator of the HOOKVAC consortium “…[A] report just released in…

U.S., Other Nations Unite To Improve Child, Maternal Survival

The following opinion pieces address child survival and “Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths,” a meeting taking place today in Washington, D.C., to mark the two-year anniversary of the “Child Survival Call to Action” and the launch of “Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed” –…

Building Intergenerational Synergies In Health Will Strengthen Future Generations

Huffington Post: The Third Demographic Dividend and the Global Challenge of Longer Lives Linda Fried, dean and DeLamer professor of public heath at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health “…In many countries the older adults are the best educated, healthiest, and wealthiest in the history of the world. ……

Sierra Leone Successfully Reducing NTD Rates For 7 Reasons

The Guardian: 7 reasons why Sierra Leone is winning against neglected tropical diseases Mary Hodges, Sierra Leone country director for Helen Keller International “…While sustained funding from USAID is one explanation behind the country’s success, other countries like Nigeria, with strong funding and better resourced health sectors and public communications…

View Foreign Aid As Long-Term Investment, Not Charity

Bloomberg Businessweek: Foreign Aid Isn’t Charity. It’s an Investment Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…It’s time to view aid as an investment — like spending on roads and schools here in the U.S. — rather than an act of charity. In the long term, that…

U.S. Must Continue Leadership To End Preventable Maternal, Child Deaths

The Hill: The U.S. child survival summit is a booster shot to a healthy future Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance “…While we have made great progress together [on ending preventable maternal, newborn and child death], there still is a long way to go. That is what is so…

Egypt’s Men Must Stand With Women Against Gender-Based Violence

New York Times: Egypt Has a Sexual Violence Problem Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American writer and author “…Mohamed Ibrahim, [Egypt’s] interior minister, said this week that he would create a new department to combat violence, including sexual assault and harassment, against women. But throwing men in jail must not be considered a…

Beninoise Singer-Songwriter Urges African Mothers To Vaccinate Children Against Polio

Al Jazeera: War on polio: A call to African mothers Angelique Kidjo, Beninoise singer-songwriter, activist, Rotary polio ambassador, and founder of Batonga Foundation “…I urge every African mother: Be sure to have your children vaccinated against polio, for that is the only way we can wipe out the disease permanently.…

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